AUTO RACING—AL UNSER survived an accident-marred Indianapolis 500, driving his Johnny Lightning Special to victory for the second straight year at a record average speed of 157.735 mph (page 26). The afternoon began with the pace car crashing into the photographers' bleachers and ended with at least 20 people injured. Peter Revson, in a McLaren M16, finished second, some 20 seconds behind Unser. Three-time winner A. J. Foyt was third.
BASKETBALL—Walt Frazier, who was named the most valuable player, scored 26 points and Oscar Robertson made two free throws in the final seconds to lead the NBA All Stars to a 125-120 victory over the ABA All Stars in the so-called Super Game in Houston's Astrodome (page 32). The winners played without Lew Alcindor, who was married earlier in the day. Rick Barry, former NBA star now with the New York Nets, was high man for the losers with 20 points.
BOWLING—PAULA SPERBER, a 20-year-old left-hander from Miami, edged June Llewellyn of Pompano Beach, Fla. to win first prize in the $30,000 Women's U.S. Open in North Kansas City, Mo. It was Miss Sperber's first tournament victory since turning pro in 1969.
BOXING—FLOYD PATTERSON, 36, was awarded a unanimous decision over Terry Daniels of Dallas in a 10-round bout in Cleveland. Patterson knocked Daniels down in the third round and, typically, tried to catch him before he fell, and floored him again in the ninth. It was Patterson's fourth straight victory since he ended a two-year retirement last September.
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David Vasquez, a student at Manhattan Community College, recorded his ninth win in 10 pro fights, a sixth-round TKO over Arlindo Borges, of Brazil, in New York to retain the somewhat ersatz North American bantamweight title.
CHESS—BOBBY FISCHER of the U.S. ran his lead over Mark Taimanov of the U.S.S.R. to 5-0 in Vancouver, British Columbia in one of four quarterfinal matches to determine a challenger to world champion Boris Spassky. In other matches, WOLFGANG UHLMANN of East Germany defeated Bent Larsen of Denmark in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, to narrow his deficit to 4½-3½ and VIKTOR KORCHNOI of the U.S.S.R. held on to a 4½-2½ lead over countryman Yefim Geller in Moscow. TIGRAN PETROSIAN of the U.S.S.R. became the first semifinalist when his opponent, Robert H√ºbner of West Germany, defaulted with the score 4-3 in Petrosian's favor, citing frayed nerves, in Seville, Spain.
GOLF—GREAT BRITAIN won the Walker Cup at St. Andrews, Scotland, for the first time since 1938 and for only the second time in the 50-year history of the series. The team of comparatively unknown Britishers took six of eight singles matches on the final afternoon to edge the heavily favored Americans 13-11 (page 30).
HORSE RACING—PURSE FINDER ($23.80) scored an upset victory in the $25,000 Peter Pan Purse at Belmont Park, beating favored Sole Mio by nine lengths in the 1‚⅛-mile test. Purse Finder's win earned him a berth in the Belmont. Sole Mio may also go in the final leg of the Triple Crown.
Deceit ($13.60) ran off with her second leg of the NYRA's Triple Crown for 3-year-old fillies, the $89,925 Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont Park, finishing three-quarters of a length ahead of Grafitti. Favored Forward Gal, who finished third in the Acorn, was a poor third.
LACROSSE—MARYLAND beat Navy 10-7 and CORNELL edged Army 17-16 to move into the final round of the first NCAA championship.
TRACK & FIELD—VILLANOVA edged Maryland 32-31 to win its 11th IC4A title in 15 years at Philadelphia's Franklin Field. MARTY LIQUORI took the mile in 4:00.4 to become the third runner in the 95-year history of the meet to sweep six IC4A mile titles—three indoor and three outdoor—a feat previously accomplished by Leslie MacMitchell of NYU in 1940-42 and Dave Patrick of Villanova in 1966-68. Villanova won the meet by finishing second in the final event, the mile relay, with Liquori running a 48.1 leg, a personal best.
MILEPOSTS—ANNOUNCED: By the Pittsburgh Condors, an exhibition game on Oct. 10 against the Milwaukee Bucks, the first officially scheduled contest between an NBA and an ABA team.
DROPPED: VIC STASIUK, as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League. Stasiuk, who has a year remaining on a two-year contract, has been asked to remain with the team as a scout.
FILED: By Dave Hill, a $1 million damage suit against the Tournament Players Division and the PGA for violation of his civil rights, violation of the Sherman Antitrust Law and abridgment of his rights of free speech. Hill was fined $500 for "behavior unbecoming to a professional golfer" at the Colonial Invitational.
MARRIED: LEW ALCINDOR, 24, 7'2" center for the Milwaukee Bucks, and JANICE BROWN, 23, 5'5", of Los Angeles, at four a.m. in an Islamic ceremony in Washington, D.C. Alcindor reportedly was wed under the name of Kareem Abdul Jakar; his bride called herself Habiba Fareem.
NAMED: GENE VISSCHER, as head basketball coach at Weber State, where he has served as assistant to Phil Johnson. Johnson leaves the Wildcats to become an assistant to Dick Motta of the Chicago Bulls.
RETIRED: CONNIE DIERKING, who played center for the Syracuse Nationals (1958-60), the Philadelphia 76ers (1963-65), the San Francisco Warriors (1965) and the Cincinnati Royals (1965-70) before returning to the 76ers last year.
RULED: By the National Labor Relations Board, that the National Football League owners have a duty to sign the agreement reached last Feb. 28 with the Players' Association or appear before a hearing of the NLRB. The ruling supports the Players' Association contention that the owners had altered a contract to which both sides agreed. The owners are expected to request the hearing, saying they "welcome" an opportunity to "present our position in a manner which has not previously been afforded."
SIGNED: TOM NISSALKE, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach, to a three-year contract as head coach of the Texas Chaparrals of the ABA.
SIGNED: STEVE WORSTER, All-America fullback at Texas and No. 4 draft pick of the Los Angeles Rams, by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. Worster is the fourth U.S. collegiate star to choose the CFL over the NFL this year, Joe Theismann, Jim Stillwagon and Leon McQuay having previously signed with the Toronto Argonauts. Former Detroit Lion Quarterback Greg Barton, who was expected to play with the Philadelphia Eagles this season, has also elected to play for Toronto.
DIED: EDDIE NELOY, 50, trainer of Buckpasser, the 1966 Horse of the Year, and other Phipps family thoroughbreds; of a heart attack at Belmont Park, N.Y.
August Husse, 61, who had been named to coach the U.S. cycling team in the 1972 Olympics; after a brief illness in Columbus, Ohio.
James Cox Brady, 63, chairman of the New York Racing Association from 1961-69; of a heart attack. During his tenure, Brady saw the opening of the new Belmont and Aqueduct tracks and the refurbishment of Saratoga. At the time of his death, he was a trustee of the NYRA and the vice-chairman and a steward of the Jockey Club.